Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: COVID-19 recoveries in India crossed 69 lakh, while the number of coronavirus infections reported in a span of 24 hours remained below 60,000 for the fifth consecutive day as the country’s caseload rose to 77,61,312, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday. A total of 54,366 new infections were reported in a day, while the death toll climbed to 1,17,306 with 690 fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. The number of active cases of the coronavirus infection is below 7 lakh. There are 6,95,509 active cases of COVID-19 in the country as of date which comprises 8.96 percent of the total caseload, the data stated.
Coronavirus News LIVE Update: German health minister expects COVID-19 vaccine in early 2021
A COVID-19 vaccine could be available for the German population early next year, Health Minister Jens Spahn was quoted as saying on Friday, adding that Germany would be prepared to pass on surplus amounts of the shot to other countries.
Coronavirus News LIVE Update: Cumulative COVID-19 positivity rate continues to decline as total tests cross 10 crore
India has crossed the 10 crore mark in conducting tests for detection of COVID19 with 14,42,722 tests being done in a span of 24 hours, even as the cumulative positivity rate continues to decline, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday. High level of comprehensive testing on a sustained basis has also resulted in bringing down the national positivity rate, it said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Update: COVID-19 lockdown reduced sleep quality, mental health, says study
The initial phase of the COVID-19 lockdown, which was imposed through March and April in several countries, may have dramatically altered people’s personal eating and sleeping habits, according to a new study based on a first of its kind global survey. The study, published in the journal Obesity, evaluated the inadvertent changes in health behaviours that took place under the pandemic’s widespread restrictions. According to the survey, conducted by the researchers, including those from Louisiana State University (LSU) in the US, the lockdown’s effects were magnified among people with obesity.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Mizoram reports 18 new COVID-19 cases, tally rises to 2,359
At least 18 people, including a legislator and two Border Security Force (BSF) jawans, have tested positive for novel coronavirus in Mizoram, raising the state’s tally to 2,359, a health department official said on Friday. A one-month-old infant and a six-year-old are also among the newly-infected patients, he said. Of the fresh cases, 10 are from Aizawl, four from Serchhip, three from Lunglei and one from Lawngtlai district. The number of COVID-19 cases in the state stands at 184, and the recovery rate is 92.20 per cent as a total of 2,175 people have recovered, the official said. Mizoram has not reported any fatality due to COVID-19 so far.
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Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Telangana adds 1,421 new cases, number of tests crosses 40 lakh mark
Telangana reported 1,421 new COVID-19 cases taking the tally to 2,29,001 while six more deaths pushed the toll to 1298, the state government said on Friday. In a milestone, the state has conducted over 40 lakh COVID-19 tests so far. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 249, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri (111) and Rangareddy (97) districts, it said in a bulletin, providing data as of 8 PM on October 22. As many as 20,377 are under treatment and 38,484 samples were tested on October 22. Cumulatively, 40, 17,353 samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was 1,07,935, the bulletin said. The case fatality rate in the state was 0.56 percent, while it was 1.5 percent at the national level. The recovery rate in Telangana was 90.53 percent, while it was 89.5 percent in the country. The number of individuals in home/institutional isolation was 17,214.
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Coronavirus News LIVE Update: Spain reaches 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases
Spain this week became the first country in western Europe to record more than 1 million confirmed infections, as it struggles to contain a resurgence of the new coronavirus. The country of 47 million is among those hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 34,000 deaths attributed to the disease.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 1,793 new COVID-19 cases, 18 more fatalities in Odisha
Odisha’s COVID-19 tally rose to 2,77,887 on Friday with 1,793 people testing positive for the infection, while 18 more fatalities pushed the toll to 1,214, a health department official said. Of the 1,793 new cases, 1,031 were reported from various quarantine centres, and the rest detected during contact tracing, the official said. Khurda district, of which Bhubaneswar is a part, reported the maximum number of fresh cases at 208, followed by Cuttack at 160, Angul at 107 and Mayurbhanj at 104.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Resources to be in place for viable, effective COVID-19 vaccination system, says Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar
Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar on Thursday expressed confidence that money and resources will be in place for a viable and effective vaccination system to fight COVID-19, even as he said it is quite premature to talk about the cost to be incurred on it. Participating in a virtual event organised by Public Affairs Forum of India (PAFI),Kumar expressed hope that the corporate world will also rise up to the occasion and make the vaccination part of their CSR activity. Responding to a question about money required on procuring and distribution of vaccines, he said, “I think it is very premature at the moment to talk about costs, funds and resources required for getting the vaccination… That will depend entirely on what the modalities are, how we go about it.” “Yes, it will cost resources, I think given the lead the prime minister has given, I don’t think that (cost) will come in the way of putting in place a viable, effective vaccination system,” he said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Puducherry adds 158 fresh COVID-19 cases, overall tally rises
Puducherry registered 158 fresh coronavirus cases taking the overall tally in the union territory to 33,986, a top Health department official said on Friday. The new cases in the last 24 hours were identified at the end of the examination of 3,784 samples, Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar said in a release. The overall tally of infections rose to 33,986 (after transfer of four cases to Tamil Nadu). While the Puducherry region accounted for 95 new cases, Mahe reported 36, followed by Karaikal (18) and Yanam (nine).
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Arunachal reports 165 new COVID-19 cases, tally 14,077
At least 165 people, including three Army men, tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, pushing the caseload in the state to 14,077, a senior official said on Friday. Barring 29, all new patients are asymptomatic and have been shifted to COVID care centres, he said. A 59-year-old man succumbed to the infection on Thursday, taking the total number of fatalities to 32, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said. The deceased, a retired police officer, died at a dedicated COVID-19 hospital at Pasighat in East Siang. Of the 165 new cases, 43 were reported from Lohit, 32 from the Capital Complex region, 23 from East Siang, 13 from Namsai, 10 from West Siang and eight from West Kameng.
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Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: BDO dies of COVID-19 in Bengal, Mamata mourns his demise
An official of the West Bengal government succumbed to COVID-19 on Friday, state health department sources said. Wangdi Gyalpo Bhutia, who was posted as Sitalkuchi block development officer (BDO) in Cooch Behar, lost his battle against the disease in the morning, the sources said. Condoling his demise, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted, “We have lost yet another colleague in the battle against Covid. He has been suffering from the disease for quite some time and succumbed to it this morning.” A state secretariat official said the government will provide all possible support to Bhutia’s family. Over the past few months, at least 14 government officials, including Bhutia, have died due to the infection in Bengal.
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Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Post-COVID-19 recovery, Union minister Naik to resume Delhi office next week
Over a month after he recovered from COVID-19, Union minister Shripad Naik on Friday said he would resume his office in New Delhi from next week. Naik, who hails from Goa, has been working from his private residence-cum-office near Panaji ever since he got discharge from a private hospital on September 12 after undergoing treatment for a month. The Union Minister of State for AYUSH (independent charge) and Defence had undergone treatment at Manipal Hospital with the assistance of the teams from the state-run Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Jharkhand reports 549 fresh COVID-19 cases, 8 fresh fatalities
Jharkhand’s COVID-19 tally rose to 98,610 on Friday as 549 more people tested positive for the virus, while 8 fatalities pushed the death toll to 859, a health official said. Ranchi district reported the highest number of new cases at 151, followed by West Singhbhum (61) and Dhanbad (60). The deaths were reported from Ranchi, Bokaro, Dhanbad, Koderma districts, he said. Jharkhand now has 6,122 active coronavirus cases, while 91,629 people have been cured of the disease so far, the official said. The state has tested 36,469 samples for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, he added.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: France reports over 41,500 cases in a single day; set to cross 1 million cases today
– India has conducted more than 10 crore (100 million) Covid-19 tests @ 72.3k tests/million population. Third highest in the world after China and USA
– With a 20k dip, active cases in India goes below the 7 lakh mark
– France (41.6k) reports highest single day spike in cases. France likely to cross 1 million total cases today. Spain also reports its highest single day rise (21k). Europe reports 2.17 lakh new cases in a day.
– USA reports 74.3k new cases, highest since July 24
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Odisha reports 1,913 new COVID-19 cases, 15 fresh fatalities
Odisha’s COVID-19 caseload rose to 2,76,094 on Thursday as 1,913 more people tested positive for the infection, while 15 fresh fatalities pushed the state’s coronavirus death toll to 1,196, a health official said. The state reported less than 2,000 cases for the fourth consecutive day on Thursday. As many as 1,109 new cases were reported from quarantine centres, while 804 were detected during contact tracing, he said. Khurda district, under which Bhubaneswar falls, reported the highest number of new cases at 254, followed by Cuttack (150) and Angul (106), the official said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: India COVID-19 tally at 77,61,312 with over 54,000 cases in a day
COVID-19 India Updates:
Overall India testing crosses 10 crore
Total single-day testing remains above 14 lakh for 2nd consecutive day
Active cases below 7 lakh, slip to the lowest level since august 21
Active cases fall for 20th consecutive day; decline by 20,303 in 24 hrs
Active cases fall by more 2.5 lakh in last 20 days
Total cases rise by 54,366, recoveries by 73,979 & deaths by 690
Recovery rate above 89.5 percent; it’s at 89.53 vs yesterday’s 89.20 percent
Mortality rate remains at 1.51 percent for the last three days
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Joe Biden tests negative for COVID-19 before debate
Ahead of his debate with President Donald Trump on Friday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said he tested negative for COVID-19. Biden made the comments to reporters in Wilmington, Delaware, on Thursday before flying to Nashville, Tennessee, where he was scheduled to participate in the second debate with the Republican president, the final scheduled meeting of the two candidates before the Nov. 3 election. Biden said he underwent the coronavirus testing on Thursday. Last week during a town hall-style interview on MSNBC, Trump did not specify when he was asked when he had been tested before the Sept. 29 debate. The White House announced two days later Trump had tested positive. Trump spent three nights at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center before returning to the White House. The White House was asked Thursday morning whether Trump had been tested, as Biden was, in preparation for the debate. It had not released an update.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: FDA approves first COVID-19 drug; the antiviral remdesivir
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug to treat COVID-19: remdesivir, an antiviral medicine given through an IV for patients needing hospitalization. The drug, which California-based Gilead Sciences Inc. is calling Veklury, cut the time to recovery by five days from 15 days to 10 on average in a large study led by the US National Institutes of Health. It had been authorized for use on an emergency basis since spring, and now has become the first drug to win full US approval for treating COVID-19. Gilead says Veklury is approved for people at least 12 years old and weighing at least 40 kilograms who need hospitalization for their coronavirus infection. It works by inhibiting a substance the virus uses to make copies of itself.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: COVID-19 vaccine ready and coming within weeks, says Trump at final presidential debate with Biden
US President Donald Trump on Thursday said that a COVID-19 vaccine is “ready” and going to be announced “within weeks” to combat the deadly disease that has killed over 223,000 Americans, as he debated with his Democratic challenger Joe Biden for the final time before the presidential election. The debate, just less than two weeks ahead of the crucial presidential elections on November 3, started with opening remarks by both the candidates, when the mike of the other was muted. The coronavirus dominated the opening minutes of the Trump-Biden face-off with President Trump terming the contagion a worldwide problem. This has been a worldwide problem, but I’ve been congratulated by many countries on what we’ve been able to do, he said at the debate held in Nashville, Tennessee. “We have a vaccine that’s coming, it’s ready. It’s going to be announced within weeks and it’s going to be delivered, the President said, adding that companies like Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer are doing very well on that front.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: India COVID-19 tally nears 78 lakh mark with over 55,000 fresh cases
India’s COVID-19 tally on Friday neared the 78 lakh mark with over 55,000 fresh cases, as per a PTI tally on Thursday at 9.25 pm. The death count rose by 679, as per the news agency, to an overall total at 1,17,226. The recoveries stood at 69,42,447. In its most recent update, the Union health ministry placed the total number of cases at 77,06,946 and the death toll at 1,16,616. The ministry said that 68,74,518 people have so far recovered from the infection.